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APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

Free download describes the use of structural paneling instead of 2x blocking when installing these increasingly common roof trusses.

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Backyard Cat Ranch

Backyard Cat Ranch

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My mother-in-law, who owns 6 cats, asked me if there was anything I could build so her cats could enjoy the outdoors and still remain perfectly safe. After going over several ideas, the "Cat Ranch"...

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CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

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Question: What do each of these carpentry disciplines have in common; millwork, windows, cabinets, doors and stairs? Answer: In the not-to-distant past, each of these tasks was performed on-site by highly skilled carpenters. New applications of digital capabilities assure more change is inevitable as shown here with CNC fabrication of complex roof-framing assemblies.

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Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

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Layout considerations begin before the first board is cut or fastener is driven. Beginning with the end in mind will assure optimal results for your shed project.

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A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

Being a step ahead in building a simple shed can help speed up the process. A SketchUp model can give you that step ahead by clarifying the planning, parts and procedure for a very basic yet functional backyard shed.

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A Tale of Two Pitches: Exploring Off-Angle Roof Framing

A Tale of Two Pitches: Exploring Off-Angle Roof Framing

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Explore framing complexities that result when roofs of two different pitches intersect. A SketchUp model helps clarify how various rafters and framing components are assembled in an "off angle" hip and valley configuration.

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Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

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Measuring a modeled hip roof is a foolproof way to measure all the rafters for a complete hip roof. This third of 3 parts shows the process to obtain perfect measurements for rafter layout.

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Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

SketchUp can be a useful option for layout and planning for cutting rafters. Check out this process for doing the math and see if it fits into your "bag-o-tricks" for carpentry or design projects.

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Patricks Barn: Roof Framing

Patrick's Barn: Roof Framing

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Framing a steep roof is both tiring and a rush.

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Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

This will have a "suspended" or "droped" coffer that has the same curve as the barreled ceiling when completed. The ceiling above will be wood with rope lighting. More pictures to come!

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Truss Bracing?  We Dont Need No Stinking Truss Bracing!!!

Truss Bracing? We Don't Need No Stinking Truss Bracing!!!

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Truss Failure Recipe: Take one truss package, and install hastily on Friday; add one weekend, and whip with high winds; Serve up to builder's risk insurance company

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OMG! Another beam repair with the customary Tail Light Guarantee

OMG! Another beam repair with the customary "Tail Light Guarantee"

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This is a load-bearing roof beam on a mid-century modern home. The beam is exposed on the interior and spans from, and is framed into, opposing exterior walls. The cantilevered end supports the...

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The Rafter Youre After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

The Rafter You're After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

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This series of video clips demonstrates techniques to lay out and draw common rafters using a "layout plane" method to simplify the process.

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Modern Makeover - The Exterior

Modern Makeover - The Exterior

Acrylic Stucco, Redwood Siding, New Windows and Doors, Repitched Roof and Garage to Carport conversion. Reclaimed Redwood Shade Structure

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Fine Shedbuilding

Fine Shedbuilding

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Forget the shed! It’s not about the SHED!

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Announcing Our Roof Framing Gallery Challenge Winners

Announcing Our Roof Framing Gallery Challenge Winners

We asked to see your complex roof jobs and you responded with some pretty jaw-dropping examples. Find out who took the top spots in our latest gallery challenge.

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Muirkirk I-Joist Roof

Muirkirk I-Joist Roof

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Early 2008, we started to get really slow.  We ended up with 4 custom homes and this was the second one of the year. It was very fun to frame, especially the roof and the specialty...

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Muirkirk Hand Cut

Muirkirk Hand Cut

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This house just started out as a rambler with a huge roof that we chose to stick frame instead of truss.  After we got it framed and saw how much attic there was, we framed that in.  The...

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Bernies House

Bernie's House

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We signed up this customer in the summer of 2007 as the market was starting to slow down.  This is a Mascord design...

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Complex cut & stack from pre-cut package

Complex cut & stack from pre-cut package

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As my crew and I took on more complex framing projects, I found the roof framing was bogging us down.  Walls and ceilings would go up quickly, then things would grind to slow-mo at the...

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